Matt Damon to play Bourne again

Matt Damon signs up for a fourth Bourne film

Matt Damon has signed up for a fourth Bourne film, despite signs that the third film would be the last in the franchise.

Variety has reported that Damon will reprise his critically-acclaimed role of Jason Bourne, and will be joined by Paul Greengrass, who directed the second and third Bourne installments.

It was expected that the third film, The Bourne Ultimatum would be the last, as the late author Robert Ludlum wrote just three novels in his bestselling series. Although a further two books were written by Eric Van Lustbader, they did not prove as successful as Ludlum’s trilogy.

Damon has also hinted that The Bourne Ultimatum was likely to be the last. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly last year the actor explained, ‘I just don’t see what story you could do that would feel right. It’s not like you can bump him on the head again and give him amnesia. I think the only way you could do a number four is to do it in, like, 10 years.’

Although further details are yet to be released, it is unlikely that shooting will begin soon. Damon is committed to two upcoming projects, including another Greengrass film, to be shot in Iraq.

The Bourne Ultimatum picked up three awards for technical excellence at the Oscars on Sunday.

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